Angelina Jolie accuses Brad Pitt of ‘waging a vindictive struggle in opposition to her’ in new countersuit

In February, Pitt sued Jolie over what his declare known as the “unlawful” sale of her stake in Château Miraval, a rustic property and vineyard within the south of France acquired by the couple in 2008.

In a countersuit filed this week, obtained by CNN, Jolie accused her ex-husband Brad Pitt of “waging a vindictive war against her” and “hijacking” management of the profitable vineyard enterprise they as soon as shared.

Pitt and Jolie have been married on the property in 2014 and would, in keeping with Pitt’s swimsuit, spend the vacations there as a household.

After she did so, Jolie’s swimsuit, filed on behalf of her former firm Nouvel LLC, alleges, Pitt “and his allies” took “illegal and malicious actions” with the intention to “injure” Jolie and Nouvel, “by devaluing its investments and depriving it of its proper role in the management of Chateau Miraval, the world-famous producer of rosé wine.”

Jolie is searching for a minimum of $250 million in compensatory damages.

CNN has reached out to representatives for Pitt and Jolie for remark.

The countersuit states Pitt “masterminded a so-far-successful plan to seize control of Chateau Miraval” and mishandled trademark registrations that had “devastating financial consequences” for Nouvel.

“Pitt has frozen Nouvel out of Chateau Miraval and treats it as his personal fiefdom,” the swimsuit says.

It additionally says Pitt, “embarked on a multi-faceted, years-long campaign to seize control of Chateau Miraval and appropriate the company’s assets for his benefit and that of his own companies and friends.”

In his declare, Pitt had alleged that Jolie “did nothing to drive (the) growth” of the enterprise, which he was a “multimillion dollar international success story.”

Jolie’s countersuit disputes this, saying “Pitt refused to grant Jolie or Nouvel equal access to Chateau Miraval’s records or an equal voice over management,” successfully “holding the most significant part of her net worth hostage.”

Jolie stepped away from the enterprise in October 2021, promoting Nouvel and its stake in Miraval, to Tenute del Mondo, a subsidiary of Stoli Group, managed by Russian oligarch Yuri Shefler.

Pitt’s lawsuit alleges the sale was illegal as a result of he and Jolie had agreed once they bought Château Miraval that neither would promote with out the opposite’s consent. However Jolie’s countersuit alleges she made the sale after negotiations between Jolie and Pitt that will have bought Nouvel to Pitt fell aside over “a provision designed to prohibit Jolie from publicly speaking about the events that had led to the breakdown of their marriage.”

“Pitt knew that much of Jolie’s wealth and liquidity were tied up in Nouvel and used that fact to try to force Jolie to agree to his unreasonable terms,” her countersuit says.

Pitt’s swimsuit didn’t specify an quantity searched for damages however included a request for “relief that the Court deems just and proper.”

A dissolution of Pitt and Jolie’s marriage was granted in 2019, however their authorized battle over property and custody of their minor youngsters has continued.

A California appeals courtroom dominated final yr {that a} retired decide who had been employed by each events to arbitrate the custody dispute needs to be disqualified due to undisclosed ties to Pitt’s attorneys.
In 2020, Jolie advised Vogue India she break up with Pitt for the sake of her youngsters.
Pitt advised GQ in 2017 he had stop ingesting after having been “boozing” an excessive amount of that previous yr.
In a June 2022 interview with British GQ, he talked about discovering peace just lately.

“I always felt very alone in my life,” he advised the publication, “alone growing up as a kid, alone even out here, and it’s really not till recently that I have had a greater embrace of my friends and family.”

CNN’s Taylor Romaine and Chloe Melas contributed to this report.